The Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916 were a series of shark attacks along the coast of the U.S. state of New Jersey between July 1 and July 12, 1916, in which four people were killed and one injured. Since 1916, scholars have debated which shark species was responsible and whether more than one animal was involved. The attacks occurred during a deadly summer heat wave and polio epidemic in the northeastern United States that drove thousands of people to the seaside resorts of the Jersey Shore. United States shark attacks on the Atlantic Coast outside the semitropical states of Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas were rare, but scholars believe that the increased presence of sharks and humans in the water led to the attacks in 1916.
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